UN Haiti Chief: “Rifts Have Taken Over Reconciliation Efforts”
Above: MINUSTAH Chief Mariano Fernandez (UN Photo)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Mariano Fernandez, the chief of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, said he was deeply concerned over the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille Friday morning.
“The resignation of Mr Conille shows, unfortunately, that rifts have taken over reconciliation efforts to the detriment of the country, while the Haitian population are aspiring to initiate a new phase that will lead towards reconstruction, economic growth, and strengthening of the rule of law,” he said.
Fernandez called on Haitian authorities to focus and maintain a “harmonious” atmosphere conducive to democratic stabilization.
The UN Chief also urged the Haitian government to designate a new Prime Minister as soon as possible.
Conille, himself a former UN official, assumed office in October. He was the third person designated as Prime Minister by Haitian President Michel Martelly, after the latter’s first two picks for the post were rejected by Parliament.